The Garden Show

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The Garden Show

An Easy-to-Use Science Play
for Elementary School

Grades 2-5
25 minutes
$39.95
(2 or more Book/CD sets @ $30 each)

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Includes script, teacher's guide, and audio CD. The CD has all the songs recorded twice: first with singing, so you and your students can learn the songs, and then without voices so your students can perform without us singing along.

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For individual teachers/classes:
Book/CD - $39.95 for 1, $30/ea for 2+
Hint: order 1 for each teacher. (details)

For 3+ teachers or whole schools:
Site License - $75.00
Comes with 3 copies of book/CD plus unlimited photocopying rights (details)
School/site name:

Musical extras:
Piano/Guitar Score - $9.95 (details)
Extra/Replacement CD - $9.95

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This 25-minute musical play can be done as a complete play, skits, reader's theater, or you can just sing songs. No music or drama experience needed!

Aliens Land in Garden! Students Say Little Men from Planet Chlorophyll Really ARE Green!

We are pretty sure this is the only garden-related play in any universe that features a singing compost pile. If you love that, you're guaranteed to love The Garden Show! When aliens from planet Chlorophyll land in a garden, they meet some new friends who teach them all about it. They (and your students!) learn about soil, photosynthesis, pollination, and the creatures who call the garden home.

The Garden Show is a great complement to your curriculum resources in elementary school life science. And, like all of our plays, this show can be used to improve reading, vocabulary, reading comprehension, performance and music skills, class camaraderie and teamwork, and numerous social skills (read about it!) -- all while enabling students to be part of a truly fun and creative experience they will never forget!

Author: Ron Fink (Composer) and John Heath (Book and Lyrics)
ISBN: 978-1-886588-04-2
© 1996 Bad Wolf Press, LLC

"I had parents laughing non-stop through the performance and then crying when it was finished because they were so proud of their child. I loved that your material aligns with my states curriculum and that students really retain the information. It also gives students who aren't so confident in other aspects of school a chance to shine. Thank you for your dedication to making learning FUN!"

---Katie Harrison, Teacher (3rd grade), Finger Lake Elementary, Wasilla, AK

"This Musical is a great way to integrate science, language arts, art, music and movement. It will not teach your children everything there is to know about the garden, but it will provide them with a fun and educational activity that will help build or maintain their interest in the garden/outdoor classroom. A wonderful Musical."

---Discovery Gardens Website

"This is some of the most beautiful music I've ever heard."

---Marcella Quiriin, Children's Recording Artist, Santa Barbara, CA

"I love the simplicity, the humor, and the catchy songs. Just this week we did The Garden Show and when the students who watched were leaving heard two or three singing 'It Isn't Cool (to run out of fuel).' I know what they sing, say, and hear is being embedded in their memories."

---Sheila Cain, Teacher, 1st-3rd grades), Pelham Elementary, Pelham, GA

"My students were so proud of themselves, and I was proud of them too...Our theme for the school year was plants and native habitats of our local area. This play was absolutely perfect to reinforce the things they had learned. They will never forget the word photosynthesis or its meaning and I will never forget how cute they sounded trying to say that word without front teeth!'

---Tresha Souders-Lacasse, Teacher (1st grade), Santa Barbara Charter School, Santa Barbara, CA

"I just wanted to write to tell you we had so much fun doing The Garden Show. We are a homeschool group from Fallon, Nevada...All the families love it, including the siblings in the play, and our students had such a great time. Our mushrooms and Aliens even made the front page of our newspaper. Thank you for providing us with such a wonderful way to teach and educate our children."

---Melissa Miller, Director of Messengers Drama Team, Fallon, NV

"I liked everything about The Garden Show. The music is great and the children learn the songs so easily. I especially appreciate your sense of humor (it shows in a lot of your songs). Your material entertains while it teaches. Every play my class performs helps at least one shy child to blossom."

---Becky Carty, Teacher (Pre-K/1st grade), Ivy League Montessori, Cumming, GA

"The Garden Show...is a superbly created Musical for elementary school children. This Musical is a guaranteed success for the students and teachers at your school."

---Kinder-Garden Website

"We really enjoyed it. Our school performs grade level productions so we tailored the program to work with 170 children."

---Tracy Ricca, Teacher (5th grade) Greenville Fundamental, Santa Ana, CA

"An outstanding show. The first Bad Wolf play I did and I bring it back regularly. Love the alians in the garden and the ecological lesson."

---Sharon Silverglate, Teacher (3rd grade), Mar Vista Elementary, Aptos, CA

Casting

Flexible casting from 8-40 students.
Use as many Mushrooms, Bees, etc. as desired.

Script

This is the first one-third of the script:

CHARACTERS:
Gardeners
Mushrooms
At least 5 Aliens from planet Chlorophyll, including:
Kwandoo, Captain of Chlorophyll spaceship; Kwoot,
Engineer of Chlorophyll spaceship; Grandfather
Bees
Garden Animals (Snail, Grasshopper, Centipede, Spider, Mole)
Tabloid Reporters
Seasons: Spring, Summer, Winter, Fall
Singing Compost Pile
Chorus (comprised of ALL students---except Aliens---who are not directly involved in
the scene)

( The entire CLASS enters the room from two different points, singing loudly. The first
STUDENT in each line holds streamers aloft. As they sing, they march around the audience.
Some may hold aloft giant paper mache fruits and

Song 1 - Listen now!

ENTIRE CLASS :
Here we come to the Garden Show
We want to tell you what we know.
We have planted and watered too
We want to share it all with you.

We've got plants
We've got weeds
We've got spores
And we've got seeds.
Mushroom fans that are among us...

(The CLASS stops marching and points to the kids dressed
as MUSHROOMS)

Look real close-
MUSHROOMS: Yeah, we've got fungus!

Fungus, fungus, fungus, fungus
Hey-hey!

(THEY ALL resume marching)

Here we come to the Garden Show
Let's sit down here and watch it grow.
That could be just a little slow
We'll think of something---here we go!

We've got plants
We've got weeds
We've got spores
And we've got seeds.

(THEY ALL stop again and point at MUSHROOMS)

Mushroom fans that are among us
Look real close-
MUSHROOMS: Yeah, we've got fungus!
Fungus, fungus, fungus, fungus
Hey-hey!
Here we come to the Garden Show
We want to tell you what we know
We have planted and watered too
We want to share it all with you.
We want to share it all with you.
(THE CLASS stops marching and begins to clap in rhythm as
they sing)

Dah dah bi dah dah
Dah bah di dah di dah.
Dah dah bi dah dah
Dah bah di dah di dah.
Dah dah bi dah dah
Dah bah di dah di dah.
Here we come to the Garden Show
We want to tell you what we know.

(GARDENERS gather on stage. Then mysterious music is heard, and after a few moments,
the ALIENS emerge from their ship. THEY look around in wonderment. GARDENERS are
nearby and see the ALIENS about the same time the ALIENS spot them. There is shock, finger
pointing, and general confusion on both sides. Then the mysterious music fades away.)

NOTE: The "mysterious music" supplied on the accompanying recording may last longer than
is needed for this scene. Just fade it out when the scene is over.

GARDENER (NOTE: The role of "GARDENER" can be played by one or many different actors):
Who are you?

KWANDOO: I am Kwandoo, captain of this ship. We come from planet Chlorophyll.

KWOOT (moving a hand-held meter box around): Captain, this appears to be a carbon-based
system. My calculations indicate that it is either a human being...or a lump of coal.

KWANDOO (to GARDENERS): And this is our engineer, Kwoot.

GARDENER: Hello. Welcome to our garden on planet earth. From the looks of you, I think you
are going to like it here.

Song 2

CHORUS :
You're the Chlorophyll Folk from outer space
You're green from head to toe
We've got chlorophyll here on planet earth
It helps our garden grow.

It's the chlorophyll here that makes leaves green
It brightens up the place
Now our garden is yours so come on in
Green folk from outer space.

Green arm
Green hand
Green thumb as well
You're gonna be great gardeners, we can tell
We can tell!

You're the Chlorophyll Folk from outer space
You're here to have some fun
Photosynthesizing all day long
Just soaking up the sun.

It's the chlorophyll here that makes leaves green
It brightens up the place
Now our garden is yours so come on in
Green folk from outer space.

Green arm
Green hand
Green thumb as well
You're gonna be great gardeners, we can tell
We can tell!
You're gonna be great gardeners, we can tell!

GRANDFATHER (Bearded alien, very excited): Bracken snack. Mumfo goozenburger.
Whackawhacka gesneezen!

GARDENER: I'm sorry, what did you say?

KWANDOO: You'll have to excuse Grandfather. He only speaks Chlorophyll.

GARDENER: Why is he so upset?

KWANDOO: He's reminding us that we're late. We're on our way to Uncle Kweek's wedding
in the neighboring galaxy.

KWOOT: Unfortunately our reactor began to consume fuel at an accelerated rate.

GARDENER: You mean...you ran out of gas?

Song 3

ALIEN:
It isn't cool
To run out of fuel
How can we now ever fly away?
It isn't cool
To run out of fuel
Please won't you help us
Won't you help us
Won't you help us on our way.

ALL ALIENS:
It isn't cool
To run out of fuel
How can we now ever fly away?
It isn't cool
To run out of fuel
Please won't you help us
Won't you help us
Won't you help us on our way.
Our spaceship is old
The engine is worn
There's no stereo and no heater.
The muffler is shot
The mileage is bad
Just seventeen light-years per liter.

It isn't cool
CLASS: No!
To run out of fuel
CLASS: Oh!
How can we now ever fly away?
CLASS: We're gonna help
It isn't cool
CLASS: No!
To run out of fuel
CLASS: Oh!
Please won't you help us
Won't you help us
Won't you help us on our way.

Our spaceship is stuck
There's nothing to do
Despite all our efforts and labors.
We'll put it on blocks
Out in the front yard
Just to annoy all the neighbors.

It isn't cool
CLASS: No!
To run out of fuel
CLASS: Oh!
How can we now ever fly away?
CLASS: We're gonna help
It isn't cool
CLASS: No!
To run out of fuel
CLASS: Oh!
Please won't you help us
Won't you help us on our way.

GARDENER: Can't you get any fuel here on earth?

KWANDOO: I doubt it. Our fuel is very, very rare. On Planet Chlorophyll we have to import
most of it from a neighboring solar system.

GARDENER: Maybe we can find something here in the garden you can use for fuel. Why
don't you take a look around?

(THEY ALL walk around staring at the ground)

KWOOT: What is all this brown material on the ground? It seems very familiar.

GARDENER: This? This is soil---it's where we plant things.

KWOOT: Soil? It looks like dirt. On planet Chlorophyll we call that dirt.

GARDENER: We do too! But sometimes that word leaves the wrong impression.

Song 4 - Listen now!

CHORUS:

Some folks call this brown stuff dirt
It gets on your pants and shirt.
But it's worth more than gold or oil
So let's agree to call it soil.

Dirt and soil might be the same
But dirt gives soil a dirty name
It feeds the plants, rewards our toil
So let's agree to call it soil.

Buh buh do dah
Buh buh do dah
Buh buh do dah buh do dah buh
Buh buh do dah
Buh buh do dah
Buh buh do dah buh buh dah.

(This concludes the first one-third of the script.)

Sample Songs

Click on the song name to hear samples. Please note that internet song samples have low fidelity and rest assured that the CDs we sell sound much better! (This player requires Flash. If you have any trouble hearing the samples, just contact us for help.)


Full Song List

1. "Here We Come to the Garden Show"
2. Mysterious Music for Aliens
3. "Chlorophyll Folk from Outer Space"
4. "It Isn’t Cool (To Run out of Fuel)"
5. "Dirt"
6. "Uncle Kweek’s Wedding Chant"
7. "Buzzed by a Bee"
8. "All Kinds of Creatures"
9. "We’re Tabloid Reporters"
10. "The Season Song"
11. "A Wonderful Compost Pile"
12. "Here We Come to the Garden Show"

Common Core and Other National Standards

Science

Language Arts

  • Common Core Reading Standards for Literature: K, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th
  • Common Core Reading Standards: Foundational Skills:
    • K and 1st: Phonological Awareness, Phonics and Word Recognition
    • 2nd: Phonics and Word Recognition
    • 3rd, 4th, 5th: Phonics and Word Recognition, Fluency
  • Common Core Speaking and Listening Standards: Comprehension and Collaboration - K, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th
  • Common Core Language Standards: Vocabulary Acquisition and Use - K, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th
  • Common Core Standard 10: Range, Quality & Complexity: Range of Text Types for K-5th

Fine Arts

  • National Music Standards 1, 2, 6, 7, and 8 for K-4th
  • National Theater Standards 2, 3, 6, 7, and 8 for K-4th
  • National Dance Standards 1 and 2 for K-4th

Vocabulary

reactor
consume
accelerated
rate
muffler
mileage
light-years
liter
labor
solar system
familiar
toil
ritual
dignified
emanating
meter
buffet
tabloid
bloom
shed
buds
millennium
debris
marvelous
incredible
import
percent
efficient

Garden Terms

spores
fungus
carbon-based
chlorophyll
“green thumb”
photosynthesizing
soil
pollen
pollinate
season
bloom
shed
buds
compost pile
clippings

Vocabulary from stage directions

streamers
papier-mâché
mysterious
emerge
accompanying
agitated
magnifying glass
choreographed

Performance Photos

Performance Photos from Bad Wolf Press